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Since 1997, over 2000 scripts have been submitted to the Outfest Screenwriting Program. What began as a screenwriting competition has expanded into a dynamic three-day, mentor-led workshop in Los Angeles for selected screenwriters. The authors of five screenplays will be invited to participate in an intensive laboratory during which they will work closely with Lab Mentors — established writers who will critique and encourage their work.

To be held in June 2014, with a follow up staged reading event during Outfest Los Angeles 2014, the lab will include sessions with other industry professionals, structured career development opportunities and participation in ongoing festival events. Past Lab Fellows have gone on to a variety of successes including production of the several Outfest Screenwriting Lab scripts!

Lab Fellows are selected by Outfest staff, with recommendations from a panel of writers, directors, producers and development executives. All participants will receive accreditation for the 2014 festival. Travel to Los Angeles for the lab is not guaranteed, but will be provided if available.

Submissions for the 2014 Screenwriting Lab are now open.

There are 4 deadlines:

Early bird: Dec 20, 2013

Regular: Jan 10, 2014

Late deadline: EXTENDED to Feb 10, 2014

Fellows and mentors will be announced by April 30.

Read Frequently Asked Questions

Read Success Stories of past Lab Fellows

Read about the 2013 Lab Fellows